Marin County CA Water Storage Tanks for Fire Protection

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Marin County, CA like all of the state needs water storage tanks for fire protection. While Marin County sees fewer fires than other counties there have been some destructive fires happening.

The worst fire in the past quarter of a century was in 1995. The Mount Vision fire burned 45 structures and 12,354 acres. It caused the evacuation of 422 citizens.

Due to an increase in population in Marin County and its vulnerability to fast-moving wildfires the county is educating its citizens on fire preparedness and emergency readiness.

On Feb. 9th a small fire broke out near Stinson Beach in a heavily wooded hilly area. It has burned two acres so far.

Due to the increased vulnerability of wildfires, Marin County residents will be paying more for home insurance. Some policies have even been dropped. This rise in price is partly due to the pandemic. Add to that the inflation rate over the past 12 months and the homeowners will be paying a high monthly premium.

But even with wildfires, Marin County has plenty to offer.  The 2010 census had the population at 252,409 but that number has risen.

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Places of interest in Marin County include:
  • San Quentin State Prison
  • George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch
  • Marin County Civic Center (Frank Lloyd Wright Architect)
  • Muir Woods redwood forest
  • Marin Headlands located just north of San Francisco
  • Stinson Beach
  • Point Reyes National Seashore
  • Mount Tamalpais
  • Marin Museum of the American Indian in Novato
  • The Space Station Museum in Novato
Other communities in Marin County include:
  • Belvedere
  • Corte Madera
  • Fairfax
  • Larkspur
  • Alto
  • Black Point-Green Point

Marin County economy is home to many tech industry and health care related jobs. Kaiser Permanente is the number one employer.

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Marin County Fire Protection Tanks

If you own a commercial or agricultural business in Marin County you are required to have fire protection tanks. These tanks need to be compliant with all local, state, and national regulations and codes.

Reasons for water storage tanks in Marin County include the following:

  • Fire protection tanks – must be clearly marked for fire protection
  • Irrigation of crops and landscaping
  • Drinking water
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Rainwater Harvesting

Storing of ingredients for manufacturing/production processes

What Is a Fire Protection Tank?

Fire protection tanks are for storing water for fire protection. The tank must meet all the local, state, and national regulations and codes. The fire protection tank cannot be used for any other purpose but fire protection.

Fire protection tanks help reduce the risk of a devastating total loss from wildfires. They can provide water for sprinkler systems. Also, fire departments can connect to the tanks.

Fire Tanks for both Commercial and Residential

Residential fire tanks are the same as those for commercial properties. The only difference is the volume of water they hold.

Residential fire tanks will reduce the risk of a total loss of homes. It may also benefit homeowners with their home insurance. The price of insurance has been rising and with inflation, those prices are about to rise even higher. However, if you have a dedicated fire tank that can feed exterior sprinklers to protect against hot embers catching your place on fire your price may not be as high.

Fire protection tanks should be a part of your wildfire readiness plan. The rest of the plan should use the following measures:

  • Ground maintenance keeping debris and overgrown brush cleaned up
  • Exterior sprinklers
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Water Storage Tanks in Marin County

Water storage tanks in Marin County can be used for a number of things. This includes:

  • Dedicated fire protection
  • Irrigation
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Drinking water
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Manufacturing processes

Storing dry goods such as fertilizers, chemicals, food products

Your fire protection tank must be clearly marked and have room around it to maneuver about it.

How large of a water storage tank you will need depends on certain factors. Factors such as:

  • What you will be using it for – fire protection, irrigation, etc.
  • How many buildings do you have and how many people are using them
  • How many acres of land you are doing fire protection or irrigation on
  • Employing exterior sprinkles

City, County and State of California Fire Code Requirements for Water Tanks

Due to the rise of wildfires in the past decade, California requires that water storage tanks for wildfires follow all local, county, and state codes and regulations. They also are required to be installed properly.

  • Proper installation includes:
  • Room to maneuver around the tank
  • Stable foundation
  • Tank should be close enough to structures that the water can reach them
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NFPA-22 Compliant Water Tanks

The NFPA-22 standard covers design, fabrication, placement, and upkeep of tanks and accessory equipment that supply water for private fire protection. This is a national standard and all fire tanks must meet this standard. They must also meet all local and state standards.

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Steel Bolted or Poly Tanks Available for Fire protection in Marin County

Both the steel bolted and poly tanks have benefits and can be used for fire protection tanks as well as other uses. Some of those uses include:

  • Irrigation for crops like grapes for the wineries
  • Dry good storage for things like sugar or other ingredients needed for winemaking
  • They can also be used for drinking water
  • Rainwater harvesting for landscaping irrigation and other uses
  • Wastewater treatment from the manufacturing or production processes

Depending on the amount of storage for each of these things you might be able to use a combination of steel bolted and poly tanks. Let’s take a look at what each type has to offer.

The steel bolted tank comes in capacities starting at 4,000 gallons and going up to 2,868,000 gallons. They are compatible with all rules from local, state, and national codes and standards. These tanks will be placed on a concrete slab foundation.  With the larger capacities in the millions of gallons, these are an excellent choice for commercial properties.

The poly tanks come in capacities starting at 300 gallons to as high as 15,500 gallons. These tend to be an excellent choice for smaller residential properties. Poly tanks also meet all local, state, and national guidelines. The poly tank must also be installed on a solid foundation.

Which one you choose will be determined by your needs concerning the area you are trying to cover with fire protection. If you are a large agricultural business you may need a combination of the two. A large commercial business property will probably do better with the steel bolted tank.